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Unions fighting back against Walker proposal

MADISON (AP) -- Wisconsin unions are mobilizing to fight Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to remove nearly all collective bargaining rights for public employees.

They don't have much time.

The Legislature is moving quickly to pass the proposal, perhaps as soon as Thursday. Unions hit the airwaves over the weekend, staged protests and organized bigger rallies at the Capitol to try to stop the proposal.

Walker wants to end collective bargaining rights for all public employees except local police and fire departments and the state patrol. Wages could be bargained for only if they don't exceed the consumer price index.

The Legislature's budget committee was expected to hold a public hearing on the bill Tuesday, with the Assembly and Senate taking it up as soon as Thursday.

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